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Man City vs Stoke – Potters 16/1 to win the tie after extra time

| 14.05.2011

Manchester City and Stoke will contest the 130th FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, and punters can guarantee it will be one of the biggest betting events of the year.

Manchester City may be the odds-on favourites but Stoke proved in their 5-0 demolition of Bolton in the semi-final that they have to be respected and the Staffordshire side offer all the value in the FA Cup betting.

Match Odds

While Stoke offer all the value at 7/4 to lift the trophy, the omens aren’t great for the Potters with just 16 of the 54 teams that have competed in a FA Cup final have lifted the trophy on their debut appearance.

Manchester City are 2/5 to lift the FA Cup and are highly fancied to win the tie inside 90 minutes at 5/6, but the last four ties between the two have all ended 1-1 at the end of the 90 minutes and the draw looks the best bet at 5/2.

It’s bound to be a tense encounter that no side will want to lose so the value looks to be in backing Stoke to win in extra time at 16/1 in a repeat of last year’s FA Cup fifth round replay which Stoke won 3-1 after extra time.

Total Goals

Manchester City have scored in 11 consecutive FA Cup matches suggesting and with Carlos Tevez likely to play his last major role in a Manchester City shirt, he looks a certainty at 11/4 to score a goal.

Roberto Mancini’s men will have to be on top form defensively as Stoke have scored 14 goals in their FA Cup run, conceding just twice, and Jonathon Walters has five goals in six FA Cup appearances – he is 5/2 to score at any time.

A fifth consecutive 1-1 draw is priced at 11/2 and you can get 11/1 for Manchester City or Stoke to win on penalties – Manchester City are 7/1 to win after extra time.

A £10 stake on Stoke winning after extra time would return £170. Sign up here to take advantage of a free bet worth up to £30.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.